A screenshot of a list published in a Hindi Journal is being shared on social media claiming that the UK-based Wikileaks had disclosed the list of BJP and RSS leaders who have stashed their black money in the Swiss bank. This journal listed the amounts stashed by several prominent BJP leaders like Amit Shah, Smriti Irani, Mohan Bhagwat, and Indian business tycoons Mukesh Ambani and Goutham Adani. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Wikileaks disclosed the list of Black money holders in BJP and RSS.
Fact: WikiLeaks had never published the list of Indians who stashed their money in Swiss banks. In 2011, Wikileaks through a tweet clarified that they had not disclosed the black money details of any individual Indian politician. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
This news about WikiLeaks publishing the list of Indian black money holders in Swiss bank is circulating on social media at least since 2011. This list of Black money holders in BJP and RSS is circulating on social media at least since 2019. They can be seen here and here. This list was reportedly published by a Hindi Journal named ‘Kameri Duniya’.
On searching the WikiLeaks.org website regarding this list of Indian black money holders in Swiss banks, we could not find any relevant information about this list on this website. In 2011, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that black money to Swiss banks mainly comes from India.
But the organization never published any list of Indians who stashed their black money in Swiss banks. WikiLeaks through their official Facebook and Twitter posts in 2011 clarified that the lists being circulated on social media are fake and denied releasing any such list.
Earlier, when a similar list of Indian politicians was shared as WikiLeaks list of black money holders in the Swiss banks, FACTLY published a fact-check article debunking that claim.
To sum it up, this Wikileaks list disclosing the names of BJP politicians who stashed black money in the Swiss bank is a fake one.